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Jesus - Feeding The Five Thousand

Updated on December 6, 2014

Jesus Feeds 5000 - from The KJV Bible

The story of Jesus is the Greatest story in the world.

I am teaching the story of Jesus to my class of 7 year olds, and am putting together useful resources and videos to help. This page is dedicated to the story of Jesus Feeding the 5000, but do check out my other pages

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The story of Jesus miraculously feeding of the 5000 is told in each of the 4 gospels.

John 6

1After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

2And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

3And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

4And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

5When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

6And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,

9There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

10And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

13Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

14Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

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Matthew 14:13-21

13When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

17And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18He said, Bring them hither to me.

19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

21And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Mark 6:30-44

30And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.

31And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

32And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

33And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.

34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

35And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:

36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.

37He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

38He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

39And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

42And they did all eat, and were filled.

43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.

44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Luke 9:10-17

10Upon their return, the apostles reported to Jesus all that they had done. And He took them [along with Him] and withdrew into privacy near a town called Bethsaida.

11But when the crowds learned of it, [they] followed Him; and He welcomed them and talked to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed restoration to health.

12Now the day began to decline, and the Twelve came and said to Him, Dismiss the crowds and send them away, so that they may go to the neighboring hamlets and villages and the surrounding country and find lodging and get a [a]supply of provisions, for we are here in an uninhabited (barren, solitary) place.

13But He said to them, You [yourselves] give them [food] to eat. They said, We have no more than five loaves and two fish--unless we are to go and buy food for all this crowd, [II Kings 4:42-44.]

14For there were about 5,000 men. And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Have them [sit down] reclining in table groups (companies) of about fifty each.

15And they did so, and made them all recline.

16And taking the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven and [praising God] gave thanks and asked Him to bless them [to their use]. Then He broke them and gave them to the disciples to place before the multitude.

17And all the people ate and were satisfied. And they gathered up what remained over--twelve [[b]small hand] baskets of broken pieces.

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      The thought that something came from almost nothing. God can start with something small and make it so huge. Great miracle!

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      ManfromModesto LM 4 years ago

      Jesus never runs out of provisions for those who follow HIM!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      I passed by before, but ... Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens. May our Lord continue to bless you and this lens! Blessed.

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      CleaningGreenBu 4 years ago

      thumbs up lens :)

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      mereena-jolly 5 years ago

      Nice lens! God bless you!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing a wonderful lens about Jesus! God Bless You!

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      ibiblestories 5 years ago

      It's my favourite too. You can make it even more fun by letting kids try out the 5 loaves and 2 fishes iPad/iPhone app, or act it out in a skit.. Hmm.. an idea you could cut out paper loaves and fishes, lots of them, and pile them up so they look like one loaf of bread and one loaf of fish, then give them out to the kids for a visual effect when you tell the story.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      Great job. God bless you!

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      avoiceoftruth 5 years ago

      What a wonderful page that brings glory to Christ.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for presenting the story of this great miracle.

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      I love how you've presented the story, well done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens.

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful lens!! This was one of my favorite Bible stories when I was a child in Sunday School.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite bible stories from a child. It reminds me that what we see, we get and once we bless what we have it increases.

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Good job in presenting this story

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Amazing Bible story. Great lens and useful resources for teaching! :-)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This is good! Thank you. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent resources! It used to be so hard to find great teaching aids before the internet.

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      britishidol2011 6 years ago

      That is really educative . Thanks too much. Great Piece of Information and very Important

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Awesome resources! Thanks! =D